Hanson, Vaughn earn medals at state

By: Matt Long
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Brian Hanson achieved one of his two goals at the state track and field championships held Friday and Saturday at Buchanan High School in Clovis. The Oak Ridge senior earned a medal in the pole vault, placing sixth with a vault of 15 feet, 3 inches. While he didn’t reach his second goal of clearing 16 feet, he was satisfied with his performance. “I’m happy with how I did,” Hanson said. “Up until a few weeks ago 15’3” would have been my personal-best vault and I cleared it during trails and finals. I had a good attempt at 15’9”. I feel like I can make it, but I just didn’t on Saturday.” Oak Ridge High track and field coach Rob Fairley, was impressed with his performance this season. “Brian improved tremendously this year,” Fairley said. “His best vault last year was 14’2” and this year he set the school record with a vault of 15’6”. Hanson’s teammate, Sarah Vaughn, also earned a medal at the state meet, as she tied Valencia’s Jasmine Hall for fifth in the high jump with a leap of 5’6”. Like Hanson, Vaughn cleared the same height during trials to qualify for finals. The winning jump was 5’10”. “It was a wonderful way for Sarah to end her high school career,” Fairley said. “She will be jumping for Brigham Young next year.” Junior Samantha Ralstin and sophomore Holli Arrieta also participated in the meet in the 800-meter run. Ralstin placed 16th with a time of 2:14.14, which was two seconds from qualifying for the finals. Arrieta ended up 26th with a time of 2:18.25. “Samantha had a solid performance and Holli’s effort was especially good for a sophomore,” Fairley said. “She gained very valuable experience.”